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Things to Know about UTI and Diflucan Treatment

The medication diflucan is probably the most popular anti-fungal. It is used to treat the many different fungal infections. Some of these are fungal contamination of the genitals, mouth, esophagus and blood. Another part or region of the body usually infected by fungus, particularly the Candida microorganism, is the urinary tract.

urinary painThe urinary tract or system consists of the kidneys, a pair of ureters, the urinary bladder and a urethral tube. The fluid content of the body is ‘cleansed’ by the 2 bean-shaped kidneys. Once the fluids go through a number of processes such as ultrafiltration, they transfer to the urinary bladder via the ureter tubes. The bladder is the one that stores/holds the urine. If the urine ‘threshold’ is reached, the body will signal the person to find the nearest bathroom so he can urinate. From the urinary bladder, urine is excreted out of an individual’s system through the urethra.

Urine is normally sterile. In the case wherein viruses, bacteria and/or fungi are detected in the urine, it only equates to infection. The common suspect in cases of fungal contamination is the Candida microorganism. Actually, Candida microorganisms are normal ‘inhabitants’ of body areas like the vagina of a woman. However, there are instances that it is the source of the infections.

Improper hygiene by using too much feminine wash, scented or chemically-treated toilet paper, tampons and synthetic underwear is one cause. These things could irritate, make the vaginal area dry or both. wet wipes

The presence of an indwelling catheter in patients acts as a ‘gateway’ of microorganisms into the internal body. With such an apparatus connected to a person, a Candida germ can easily travel to the urinary tract system.

Utilization of antibiotics could bring about UTI (Urinary Tract Infection) as well. Antibiotics can kill the other bacteria that are somehow responsible of controlling the ‘population’ of Candida inhabitants in the vagina. When this happens, the Candidia microorganisms would proliferate or grow in abnormal numbers and cause the contamination.

A compromised immune system is another factor in UTI. Examples of folks with such a condition are people with HIV, AIDS, undergoing chemotherapy and who have received a bone marrow transplant.

Besides the practical treatments like avoiding the use of too much vaginal washes and ensuring that an indwelling catheter of the patient is sterile, one of the best treatments for Candida UTI (Urinary Tract Infection) is the medication diflucan. This anti-fungal is the drug of choice for all Candida infections. It is available in oral and intravenous forms. The mechanism of action of diflucan is it inhibits the synthesis of a fungus’ cell membrane. Without a cell membrane or wall, a microorganism is as good as dead.

doctorBut, there may be cases wherein diflucan is not the drug administered to treat this type of infection. There are times in which the kind of anti-fungal medication will be based on the site of contamination and/or clinical condition of the patient. Other drugs that could be used are Flucystosine and amphotericin B.

Fortunately for people with UTI, there is a medication such as diflucan. Then again, folks should not carelessly self-medicate. It is still best to consult a doctor for the most appropriate course of treatment.